A hug from Paul

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, museum sketch, Cais das Artes project, Vitória (ES), 2007-2008.
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Letter of support to the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Architect and professor Paulo Mendes da Rocha invites us to reflect on whether in a pyramid “it is the stone or the idea that have been there for over 5 years. Is it the stones or the ideas that last longer?”

His personal decision to donate the collection of documents to the Casa da Arquitectura in Portugal – which will guarantee its preservation and public and free access to the documents – shows us this path: in our integrated world of instant communication, what must be recognized and preserved are ideas and should be the set of knowledge that will lead us to the future.

In addition to respecting the freedom to choose the fate of his personal collection, we understand that it is fundamental and urgent, at this moment, to recall his rare trajectory of example, resistance and humanity in professional life, in teaching and in his political positions.

Long before the issue of colonization was placed at the center of discussions, as it so pertinently has been in those times, Paulo was already manifesting himself regarding the problems arising from its persistence among us.

Long before contemporary international critics investigated the urbanization and defunctionalization of buildings, Paulo was already part of a democratizing tradition in Brazilian architecture of building “Significant Nameless Spaces”, as defined by Flávio Motta. Long before these hard times we live in today, Paulo lived through the impeachment, along with Artigas, Maitrejean and many others, saw his presence at FAUUSP interrupted, and knew how to return to it and re-signify his teaching activities and the School itself in the years of democratic reconstruction.

That moment arrives when he decides to launch his ideas into the world, with the same vigor and the same generous and democratic imagination as always. To enlarge everyone's world, everywhere in the world. It is a big gesture, which does not diminish the importance of all Brazilian institutions, which have been suffering so much in a sad moment of cultural dismantling in Brazil. The effort to safeguard his work can be understood as part of the resistance against this dismantling.

For all this, we express our confidence in the correctness of his decision for everything he has already decided to do in life and that the deposit of his collection at the Casa de Arquitectura is a civilizing action, which overcomes historical questions, desirable strengthening supranational relations (and the Luso-Brazilian universe), as a project for a better and fairer world for all.

We ended up borrowing from Flavio Motta a presentation by Paulo, written almost 50 years ago, and still very current.

“Paulo Mendes da Rocha throws himself against this immobility [of man in front of things] with the will of the artist, Brazilian, architect that he is. He still allows us these advances insofar as they interest man. It not only allows, but instigates, even across borders, less through Geography, more through History, in search of a time that was not lost, but taken away” (Flavio Motta, in Reported Texts.

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